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Old 10 June 2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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Pics and review of Black Bay 58 bracelet and strap options

I've got some pics and thoughts about these options:
  1. Glidelock clasp + Rolex 93150 bracelet + endlinks from Black Bay 58 bracelet
  2. Strapcode Super Oyster with straight end links
  3. Tudor Black Bay 58 fabric strap
  4. Generic black NATO strap
  5. Strapcode President with straight end links
  6. Strapcode Hexad Oyster with straight end links

#1
First, hats off to cleanupinaisle3who put me on to the idea of using Rolex 93150 bracelet with endlinks from the BB58 bracelet. This was a great fit, and it became absolutely perfect after swapping in the glidelock clasp from a Rolex 97200 bracelet.

#2
I think the straight end links look great - a nice vintage look. I wore this for a while before #1, and I will again after I get a smaller clasp. The ratchet clasp in the pics is just too blocky for use with BB58.

#3
Wow I though I got the short version of this fabric strap by accident the first time I put it on. But, that's just because I had used before was generic NATO straps. This Tudor strap lacks the characteristic "tail" that you tuck back in. However, I really like it. Very comfortable and looks more classy than a regular NATO.

#4
Generic NATO strap. OK. Nice for "beater mode."

#5
Meh.

#6
Ridiculous. But on a Seiko SUMO this is the bomb. :-)
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Old 10 June 2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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Number 1 looks awesome, I agree that number 2 needs a different clasp but also looks good.
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Old 10 June 2019, 10:51 AM   #3
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I’m curious what’s wrong with Option 7: the factory bracelet.
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Old 10 June 2019, 02:42 PM   #4
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Iím curious whatís wrong with Option 7: the factory bracelet.
My wrist changes size a good bit during the day. Glidelock is nice for that. Sometimes a watch and bracelet will work for me without such adjustability, but other times not. The Tudor bracelet was often very comfortable, but not always.
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Old 10 June 2019, 02:52 PM   #5
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My wrist changes size a good bit during the day. Glidelock is nice for that. Sometimes a watch and bracelet will work for me without such adjustability, but other times not. The Tudor bracelet was often very comfortable, but not always.
I worry about that. Unless something changes in 2020, the 58 is my next watch. Itís not glidelock but as the weatherís been heating up Iíve been using the easylink on my 214270 almost daily.
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Old 10 June 2019, 09:21 PM   #6
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Informative post. Thanks for sharing. I like the OEM bracelet the most.
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Old 10 June 2019, 10:52 PM   #7
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Love 1-4. Although 2 does need a different clasp just because of the crown. Straight end links are very cool.

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Old 18 July 2019, 08:15 AM   #8
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Love the pics my friend. Great options for that beauty.

(A recent BB58 thread reminded me of yours and I did a search and saw this thread.)
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Old 18 July 2019, 08:30 AM   #9
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Wow option 1 would be my pick!
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Old 6 December 2019, 01:56 PM   #10
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Wow! Like yourself, my wrist size changes during the day. Thanks for posting a way to have a non-tool adjustable BB58.
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Old 6 December 2019, 02:01 PM   #11
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I miss my bb 58. The lack of bracelet adjustability got to me. The factory fabric strap is very nice but expensive. The president looks too big. The bb 58 is a nice compact size.
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Old 6 December 2019, 03:47 PM   #12
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Option 1 fit is definitely surprising, otherwise the Tudor fabric NATO strap is the second best option
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Old 30 December 2019, 03:39 PM   #13
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prlwatch, I just tried measuring my EasyLink and it looks like it might fit the Black Bay 58 bracelet. Have you tried that as an option?
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Old 30 December 2019, 04:22 PM   #14
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Same here, number 1 is amazing. Never thought it can fit that perfect.

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Number 1 looks awesome, I agree that number 2 needs a different clasp but also looks good.
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Old 30 December 2019, 05:22 PM   #15
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I purchased a BB58 in November and completely agree regarding the original bracelet needing some on the go adjustment. It’s sometimes ok , but as soon as I get a bit warm it’s too tight.

I’ve put it on a nice brown leather strap for winter and will swap back in March /April and see if it’s any better by adding a link.

It would be nice if it came with a sub type clasp

If they release a BB58 GMT with Pepsi colours and a glidelock I’m literally running to the local AD.
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Old 31 December 2019, 06:44 AM   #16
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prlwatch, I just tried measuring my EasyLink and it looks like it might fit the Black Bay 58 bracelet. Have you tried that as an option?
No, as I don't have any clasps with easylink. However, easylink overall width and center width are same as a normal link, right?

I'd have to check again, but I went the 93150 route instead of just fitting glidelock clasp and a couple of Rolex links to remaining Tudor bracelet because it would have required some modification. E.g., maybe filing some width off of Rolex center link, but not sure I'm remembering that correctly.
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No, as I don't have any clasps with easylink. However, easylink overall width and center width are same as a normal link, right?

I'd have to check again, but I went the 93150 route instead of just fitting glidelock clasp and a couple of Rolex links to remaining Tudor bracelet because it would have required some modification. E.g., maybe filing some width off of Rolex center link, but not sure I'm remembering that correctly.
Thanks prlwatch, Regarding the measurements, once my digital caliper comes from amazon I'll post the measurements.

Right now I'm sourcing parts and going to try making the EasyLink work. Failing that, Glidelock and I'll try filing some Rolex center links (if I can source) and failing that go with your build.

... and yes I'm obsessed now with making all my bracelets adjustable on the fly .
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